Since 2011, the City of Orlando’s Historic Preservation Board has recognized special buildings turning 100 years old. If your house or building is turning 100 in 2019, and you are the owner or have the owner’s permission, you can apply for this recognition and a beautiful centennial plaque!
According to City Historic Preservation Officer Richard Forbes, the program was started to bring more attention to the historic resources in the City of Orlando.
Buildings must be turning 100 years or older and must display historical and architectural integrity. They should be well maintained and must be listed as a contributing structure in a Local Historic District or as an Orlando Historic Landmark. The awards selection committee comprises the Publications and Awards Subcommittee of the Historic Preservation Board. To date, six homes in the Lake Eola Heights Historic District have been recognized, two in the Lake Lawsona Historic District, and one from the Lake Cherokee Historic District. Only one or two buildings have been selected each year, although as Forbes points out, not many buildings date to the 1910s in Orlando. That will change as we enter the 2020s, one hundred years after the building boom of the 1920s, so competition for this award may become fierce.
Completed nomination forms should be submitted to the Historic Preservation Office by March 31, 2019. A description that details the age of the building and the known history of the building, including any known alterations or changes to the building since its construction, must be included on the form. Current and old photos of the building may also be submitted. Plaques are presented once a year in May, during Historic Preservation Month at a presentation to City Council.
More information along with the nomination form can be found here: cityoforlando.net/city-planning/ historic- preservation/ centennial awards/.